Fate of Ballast Water Convention to Be Decided at MEPC 71

first_imgIMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee 71, due to gather in London in July, may well have the last chance to ensure that the long-delayed Ballast Water Convention is implemented when ships undergo their special surveys.This would ultimately decide whether the Convention’s requirements are finally fulfilled across the many thousands of ships which require ballast water treatment system installations.“It is a couple of minutes to midnight for this Convention,” Andrew Marshall, Coldharbour Chief Executive, said, adding that the outcome of this next MEPC meeting “will surely decide its fate.”The Coldharbour CEO reports that some flag states are now actively marketing a decoupling of the special survey, the time when practically all ballast water treatment system retrofit installations will take place, from renewal of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPPC).This is the point in time that IMO set as the trigger for system installations because the IOPPC renewal normally takes place during a ship’s special survey. Decoupling of the two events “is a cynical means of enabling ship owners to buy more time,” Marshall believes, which flies in the face of the IMO’s intentions.The Committee will discuss a two-year postponement of the Convention’s entry into force, which could prove helpful for the industry in several ways, Marshall said, however, he insists that any postponement must come as part of a package which sees shipboard treatment system installations timed to coincide with renewal of the IOPPC at the next special survey.“If a two-year postponement is agreed at MEPC 71, and the decoupling process is not stopped, the IMO’s most-delayed Convention will have no impact on many ships for possibly another seven years from today,” Marshall informed.“I urge delegates at MEPC 71 to take a strong line on these issues which will ultimately seal the fate of the Ballast Water Convention. As an industry, we must have an unambiguous timeline and a chance to see through the IMO’s best intentions to completion,” he concluded.last_img read more

TSB: SBI Carioca Refloated at High Tide

first_imgThe bulk carrier SBI Carioca, which ran aground around 8 am on October 11 off New Brunswick, was refloated with the help of two tugs at high tide in the evening hours the same day.The vessel is scheduled to dock at Belledune “sometime this morning,” Pierre Murray, Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada’s regional manager of operations for the Atlantic region, told World Maritime News.The 81,262 dwt bulk carrier did not report any pollution following the incident, nor any water ingress. Additionally, there were no reports of injuries to the ship’s crew.TSB’s team of investigators was deployed to the scene of the grounding some one nautical mile east of Belledune to gather information to determine the cause of the incident. Murray said that the ship’s voyage data recorder data will be downloaded and crew interviewed.SBI Carioca grounded on a shoal while it was on its way to the Belledune port from the US port of Norfolk, carrying a cargo of 65,000 metric tonnes of petroleum coke.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Colorado’s Democrat Governor: Legalising Pot Was ‘Reckless.’

first_imgThe Daily Signal 8 October 2014The top Democrat in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper, said Monday during a gubernatorial debate that legalizing marijuana in Colorado was “reckless.” His Republican opponent, Bob Beauprez, agreed.According to The Huffington Post, Hickenlooper said, “I think for us to that that [legalize recreational use] without having all the data, there is not enough data, and to a certain extent you could say it was reckless.”Hickenlooper is right and wrong.He is certainly correct, and gets credit for admitting that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado was reckless. As we have shown here, here, here and here, the negative social costs are proof positive that this radical experiment is not only reckless, but dangerous.But Hickenlooper is wrong that there is “not enough data.”As former Obama administration drug policy expert Kevin Sabet has said, the trope that marijuana is harmless and non-addictive is a myth. His book, “Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana,” is a must-read for anyone who actually wants “the data.”http://dailysignal.com/2014/10/08/dem-gov-legalizing-pot-colo-reckless-new-study-proves-right/?utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=saturday&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRoku6TLZKXonjHpfsX54%2BQsXKK1lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4DRctlI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFQrLBMa1ozrgOWxU%3Dlast_img read more

Long important for Baggies – Clarke

first_imgWest Brom boss Steve Clarke will sit down with Shane Long this week to emphasise the striker’s importance to the club despite their willingness to sell him on transfer deadline day. Press Association Sessegnon and Anichebe were joined by Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano and goalkeeper Lee Camp in signing for Albion on transfer deadline day and Clarke admits last week’s international break bought them some time to bed in. “This year the break came at a good time,” said the Scot, whose side have just one point from their first three Barclays Premier League games. “Last year we were a bit disappointed it came when it did because we had started well. This year we haven’t started well. “It’s nice to have got a little breather and done some good work in training, with a number of boys away on international duty. “It was a busy transfer deadline day when we brought in some new players to help the group and I’ve managed to have some of them around in training to start working towards what will hopefully be a successful season. “Since deadline day when we had Lee Camp, Morgan Amalfitano and Victor Anichebe come in and they’ve been able to train with the group, which is good. Stephane has been away with his country. “We’re definitely in a better place as a squad because the squad is stronger now. It’s competitive. Now we just need to get them working together and picking up points.” The Republic of Ireland international was on the verge of a move to Hull last Monday as Albion were busily acquiring Victor Anichebe and Stephane Sessegnon. According to West Brom, the move collapsed when Hull were unable to stand by their original offer for the player, leaving Long in limbo and still at The Hawthorns. Both Clarke and the club have been keen to make it clear that Long was not surplus to requirements and that the proposed deal simply made good business sense – and that the 26-year-old still has a big future at West Brom. “Shane Long is a very, very important member of our squad,” said the Baggies head coach. “I’ve always said that. I said it all through last season and ever since I came in. He’s here, and I’m delighted he’s here. “I spoke to him on deadline day but I haven’t spoken to him since because he’s been with his country and out of respect for them he has to concentrate and do what he has to do for Ireland. “He’ll come back from there and we will sit down to have a chat and work out how we go forward from here. “Shane has got a big contribution to make this season.” The general consensus is that Long is savvy enough to remain professional rather than taking the saga personally. “Only time will tell,” said Clarke. “We’ll sit down and talk about the situation. He’s here, he’s part of the side and he has a big part to play.” last_img read more

Mou: Diving Suarez showed wild side

first_img Press Association “But when the situation is like this and you are losing comes the nature of the player, the wild nature of the player or the cultural nature of the player. “Culturally people from that area (South America), they like it. It’s not (just) that area. There’s a corner in Europe where I belong to, that they also like (diving).” In responding to Mourinho, Liverpool boss Rodgers pointed out Eto’o was fortunate to still be on the pitch after catching Jordan Henderson with a poor challenge which led to Skrtel’s early goal. “He (Eto’o) should’ve been sent off,” Rodgers said. “I know we scored from it, but that was a wild challenge, where he’s raked down his knee and down his shin and didn’t even get a yellow card. “Luis will always provoke a challenge from defenders, that’s why he’s world class. “What he probably doesn’t expect is to provoke a challenge from someone who’s not involved in the contact. “He’s running to challenge Azpilicueta and Eto’o is street wise, he’s cute, he blocks him. On another day you could give that as a penalty, because it’s obstruction in the area. “Of course, he (Mourinho) will defend his player and I will defend mine.” Unlike following the loss to Manchester City, Rodgers had no complaints with Webb’s refereeing. Rodgers said: “He’s a top referee, Howard. I’ll stay calm today.” Chelsea have tended to rise to the occasion against bigger teams this season and did so once more to extend Mourinho’s unbeaten Premier League record at home to 70 matches. The Portuguese set up his side to starve Suarez of opportunities and it worked. “The team did a very good job collectively,” Mourinho said. The Portuguese felt only one incident was worthy of a penalty in the game, when Hazard was tackled by Lucas Leiva in the first half. Hazard has now netted eight Premier League goals this season. Mourinho said: “The kid is giving everything. He was a very talented player, but he was a kid enjoying football in a funny way. Now he understands his responsibilities. I’m so happy with the kid.” Injuries to Ivanovic and Frank Lampard did little to sour Mourinho’s mood, although both will miss Wednesday’s match with Southampton and could face lengthier absences. Mourinho maintains Manchester City are the team to beat in the Premier League title race, but is pleased with his side’s position in the standings after a key win. “I think we deserved to win,” Mourinho said. Liverpool are six points behind Arsenal in fifth place despite being top of the league two games ago, but Rodgers believes his side can still challenge. “I think it’s open,” said the Reds boss. “Christmas Day eating our turkey we were top of the league. A few days and games later we’re fifth. I think that’s the way it will go between now and the end of the season. “I think it’s brilliant and it makes it really exciting.” Rodgers could be active when the transfer window opens on Wednesday, when his side play Hull. He added: “We’ve shown in the first 19 games this season that if we get players back, get some help in January with a few more players, we can be in the shake-up here. “Liverpool was never in the conversation for the last few years. At least now we’re being recognised in terms of what we’re trying to do and our work. “Hopefully we can add to it and get some depth to the group, because that is something that really helps you in the second part of the season.” Jose Mourinho criticised Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for “doing an acrobatic swimming pool jump” and showing his “wild nature” in trying to win a penalty in Chelsea’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Stamford Bridge. In Suarez’s first match against Chelsea since April’s infamous bite on Branislav Ivanovic earned him a 10-match ban, Mourinho’s side deprived the prolific striker of scoring opportunities and took full advantage to win 2-1 and move two points behind leaders Arsenal. A frustrated Suarez felt he had been fouled by Samuel Eto’o in the penalty box, but Mourinho disagreed, making a diving gesture and insisting simulation must be outlawed from the British game. Mourinho said: “Suarez lost a duel with (Cesar) Azpilicueta, Azpilicueta has the ball and is leaving the box with the ball and now he’s doing an acrobatic swimming pool jump to try to get the penalty, because he’s so clever because he’s in the area where the Liverpool supporters behind. “But (referee Howard) Webb is 10 metres away. And I think the only mistake Webb did was not to give him a yellow card.” Television pundits insisted it was a spot-kick and Mourinho suggested there was a dearth of analysts with a Chelsea connection and joked that he would take a role in broadcasting following his management career. When pressed, Mourinho admitted there may have been contact between Eto’o and Suarez, “when the ball is 10 metres away with Azpilicueta”, even though he had earlier earlier stated that Suarez went down “like somebody shot him”. Suarez was praised by Mourinho in the build up, but was unable to score his 20th Premier League goal of the season on his 14th appearance as Martin Skrtel’s fourth-minute goal was cancelled out by a brilliant Eden Hazard strike and Eto’o poked in a first-half winner. But Mourinho wants the Uruguayan to end his penchant for going to ground. “The player is amazing,” the Portuguese added. “He does everything to win and Brendan (Rodgers, the Liverpool manager) is doing a fantastic job on him because he’s changed. There’s no doubt that he’s changed. last_img read more

Chelsea too good for Hammers

first_img The Hammers boss had spoken of breaking down barriers, but compromised his enterprising tactics for a more pragmatic approach in a bid to frustrate Chelsea once again. The Blues, though, have a greater armoury than last term and threatened repeatedly before John Terry’s tap in after 31 minutes broke the deadlock. And Costa’s 13th goal of the season sealed victory and a ninth win from nine home games this term. The win might have been more convincing but for fine saves by Adrian to deny Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic. There was one moment of alarm for the Blues as West Ham substitute Morgan Amalfitano hit the post three minutes from time. Chelsea go to Southampton on Sunday looking to enter 2015 on top of the table. The Hammers, who lost for the second time in 12 games, host Arsenal in another test of their European ambitions. Allardyce, unfazed by the pre-match compliments from Mourinho over his new approach, tinkered with the diamond formation which has served him well this season, deploying a 4-2-3-1 set-up. The Hammers, who began the day in fourth place, have been transformed since being criticised by Jose Mourinho for playing “football from the 19th century” last season and joked on Twitter they had arrived at Stamford Bridge by horse and cart. Sam Allardyce believes that goalless draw was the turning point for his side to go from relegation candidates to European hopefuls after they achieved their highest Christmas position in nearly 30 years. Diego Costa was on target in a 2-0 win as Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea proved a barrier too far for West Ham. The hope was to be resilient and test the Blues on the counter attack, but in reality Andy Carroll became an increasingly isolated figure as the match wore on. The Blues looked for more guile following Monday’s 2-0 win at Stoke, with Oscar replacing John Obi Mikel. The Brazil playmaker should have scored inside five minutes. Carl Jenkinson watched Willian’s cross go by him and fall to Oscar, who ballooned his shot over from eight yards out. Cahill headed just over and then fired straight at Adrian from point-blank range. Hazard shared return passes with Willian and Oscar but the ball did not break for him in the box as Chelsea went close again. The Blues took the lead from the resulting corner, taken by Cesc Fabregas. Diego Costa headed the ball down for Terry to net from two yards. Matic curled narrowly wide and Costa’s deflected strike went wide before the striker shot over as Chelsea sought a second. Branislav Ivanovic and Carroll had a disagreement after the Chelsea defender went down in the box in search of a penalty, angering the Hammers before the interval and referee Michael Oliver was unmoved. West Ham had to be more forward-thinking in the second half, but it was Chelsea who went close to scoring again when Hazard stung the palms of Adrian. Willian curled a free-kick just over after Hazard was felled by Winston Reid and Allardyce had seen enough, readying Diafra Sakho and Alex Song for action. Carroll and Mark Noble made way, but no sooner had Sakho and Song entered the fray then Chelsea went 2-0 up. Cheikhou Kouyate lost out to Matic in midfield and Hazard picked up the ball, feeding Costa. The striker ran at West Ham’s retreating defence and shaped one way, tricking Jenkinson, Collins and Reid, before pushing the ball on to his left foot and shooting low across goal. Far from satisfied, Chelsea pushed for more. Adrian tipped over Oscar’s dipping free-kick and saved brilliantly to deny Matic following the resulting corner before Fabregas’ shot went narrowly wide. Song shot wide 11 minutes from time with a rare Hammers foray forward. There was another as the match entered stoppage time, but Amalfitano could only clip his effort on to the post after a mazy run as Chelsea triumphed. Press Associationlast_img read more

Injuries to key players leave USC with shoes to fill

first_img“I think they just feel more comfortable playing together,” defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said at Wednesday’s practice. “Moving into the fifth game of the year, you hope to develop some continuity where the guys are feeling more comfortable playing together. We got a lot of new pieces out there, so I hope it continues to get better.” Pola-Mao came up big when it mattered most on Friday, especially with his crucial third down sack on USC’s one yard line that forced a Utah field goal in the second half. Jackson recorded a safety that gave the Trojans a comfortable two-point cushion. Freshman defensive lineman Drake Jackson and redshirt sophomore safety Isaiah Pola-Mao, two players that shone for the Trojans defensively against the Utes, are expected to continue their impressive play this Saturday. USC’s active defensive players — namely true freshman cornerback Chris Steele and redshirt freshman cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart — are getting set to fill in any gaps if needed. “Coach Clancy tells us all the time to just block out the noise, so we’re out there, and we don’t even worry about it,” Steele said, referring to the raucous environment in Seattle. “We’re just focused on our assignment, making sure we’re in the right place at the right time.” The Huskies will also come into Saturday’s contest with a 3-1 record, their sole loss coming from Cal in a close 20-19 game during Week 2. Washington’s last contest, a 45-19 road victory against Brigham Young, is sure to raise some eyebrows for USC fans, as the Trojans lost to BYU in overtime during Week 3. The Trojan defense is coming off what was arguably its best collective performance of the season, despite losing two key players — sophomore cornerback Olaijah Griffin and sophomore safety Talanoa Hufanga — due to injury. The young squad has shown confidence in practice this week as they look to continue building momentum at Husky Stadium. But despite the past, head coach Clay Helton has continued to preach to his players the importance of having a short memory, especially with the mantra, “So what, now what?” which he has uttered at every postgame press conference this season. With injuries to USC quarterbacks sophomore JT Daniels and freshman Kedon Slovis, the Trojans will place their trust in redshirt junior quarterback Matt Fink to lead them past the Huskies. Fink came in for an injured Slovis after just two plays, and his performance was heralded by USC fans, the media and Trojan legends Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, who were in attendance.center_img Steele said Pendergast emphasized focus on the task at hand. Following its upset win against former No. 10 Utah last Friday, No. 21 USC is preparing to take on No. 17 Washington on the road at one of the loudest venues in college football. Pendergast is now tasked with orchestrating strategies for a defense that may not include Griffin and Hufanga. Griffin left the Utah game early with back spasms and has been limited during practice, while Hufanga entered concussion protocol earlier this week and is dealing with an AC sprain. “The cornerbacks are ready because it starts from practice, and they were prepared for the games,” Taylor-Stuart said. “We go against great receivers every day, one-on-ones [are] a war. We fight for everything, and [practice] is what prepared them for the game.” Sophomore safety Talanoa Hufanga is questionable for Saturday’s game after entering concussion protocol and dealing with an AC sprain. Hufanga leads the Trojan defense with 42 tackles in the first four games. ( Sarah Ko / Daily Trojan) Fink and USC will face off against Washington and junior quarterback Jacob Eason Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on FOX. “I’m always ready,” Fink said after the Utah game, sitting in between Bush and Leinart on the FOX Sports postgame show. “I’ve always wanted a moment like this, where I can come in and perform to the best of my ability.”last_img read more

Preview: Clonmel RFC v Shannon

first_imgAfter last weekend’s decider finished all-square the Tipp club will get another shot at retaining the coveted trophy having only won for the first time in their history last year. With the Munster Junior League Division One title and the Challenge Cup already in the bag the club will be looking to add to this season’s already impressive trophy collection. Captain of the Irish Women’s rugby team and former Clonmel RFC player Niamh Briggs, previews today’s game with Darren Hassett.  Kick-off today is at 2.30pm in Musgrave Park and Tipp FM’s commentary team of Ronan Quirke and Niamh Briggs will bring you full live coverage in association with Lodge Security Tipperary.last_img read more

England six selected for U16 match v Ireland

first_img Tags: England teams, Ireland, performance, U16 international British boys’ champion Conor Gough is among the six players selected for the England team for the U16 international against Ireland at Limerick on 13-14 October.The other team members are Dubai-based Josh Hill, Max Hopkins of Hertfordshire, George Leigh of Cornwall, Ben Pierleoni of Hertfordshire and Ben Schmidt of Yorkshire.Gough, Hill and Hopkins were all in England’s winning team at the Boys’ Home Internationals.The players:Conor Gough, 16, (Stoke Park, BB&O), has also won the English U16 McGregor Trophy and the boys’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies this season.Josh Hill, 14, (Jumeirah), was 10th in the McGregor Trophy and a strong challenger in the U18 Carris Trophy, eventually finishing 11th. He reached the last 32 in the British boys’ championship.Max Hopkins, 15, (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) reached the last eight in the British boys’ and was placed fourth in the Italian U16s, where he also helped England win the Nations Cup.George Leigh, 16, (Trevose) helped England win the recent U16 international against Wales and was sixth in the McGregor Trophy.Ben Pierleoni, 16, (Berkhamsted) was also in England’s winning team against Wales and was fourth in the North of England boys’ championship.Ben Schmidt, 16, (Rotherham) has won the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions and was runner-up in the Italian U16 boys’ amateur and the McGregor Trophy. He too, contribute to England’s win over Wales U16s.Caption: Conor Gough (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) 29 Sep 2018 England six selected for U16 match v Ireland last_img read more

Pirates rally to beat Diamondbacks 4-3

first_imgGAME WINNER—Andrew McCutchen slides into home plate to score the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Bucs a 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Sept. 17. Scratched from the lineup before the game due to a stomach ailment, McCutchen walked as a pinch-hitter to start a ninth-inning rally and scored on Ronny Cedeno’s single as the Pirates beat the Diamondbacks 4-3. Andrew McCutchen hit a leadoff drive in the first and finished with two hits for Pittsburgh, which has won five of its last six home games. The majors’ worst team earned its first three-game sweep since May 4-6 against the Chicago Cubs.“It’s definitely been a long while,” McCutchen said. “Walker delivered in a big way and put us up. It was good just to be there and be a part of it and just to not give up, keep fighting and get those three wins and sweep.”Pittsburgh (51-98) remained two losses away from its first 100-loss season since 2001. PITTSBURGH (AP)—Neil Walker was looking for a pitch to drive, and he found one.Walker hit a two-run homer in Pittsburgh’s three-run eighth inning and the Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.last_img read more